Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Laptops Under $1,000 We Want This Year

4. Lenovo T430

Click here to Buy it Now from Lenovo, $779.99

Bottom Line: Is it a workhorse? It is. It's *the* workhorse computer to get if you need not just a beater, but a beater that's going to get the job done, and by "the job" we mean "whatever you need it to." According to The Wirecutter: "it's got the best combination of performance, value, durability and usability of anything else on the market." Also crucial: As long as you want to upgrade it, you can. The sky's kind of the limit on the T430, but at it's most basic, you won't feel like you're missing out on anything.

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